A group of students from Lochgelly High School have won £3,000 for Support in Mind Scotland's Fife Hearing Voices project through the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).

YPI is a citizenship programme that raises awareness among  young people about philanthropy and their local community. Each participating local school, each year, is responsible for directing a £3,000 YPI Grant to a local charity through a programme of team work, research and competition. 

YPI Scotland is all about creativity and passion, leaving the four walls of the classroom behind, and supporting the issues young people care most about.

The Lochgelly High School team of John, Courtney, Cerys and Katelyn chose Support in Mind Fife Services as their charity and based their winning presentation on our Fife Hearing Voices service.

The Hearing Voices project is for people who experience voices and other sensory disturbances. We hold regular peer support meetings in Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath and also offer a one to one service Fife-wide.

SIMS project worker Moira Duncan and Angela Gilruth, also based at our Fife Service, attended the ceremony to see the team win. It was an especially proud moment for Angela, as she is a former pupil at Lochgelly HS, which is this year celebrating its 30th anniversary. 

Angela said: "Congratulations and thank-you seem small words on the efforts from John, Courtney, Cerys and Katelyn, but the grant they have secured through their amazing hard work and presentation for Fife Hearing Voices is deeply appreciated.

"They should all be extremely proud of their hard work and achievement as the other presentations were also of a very high standard. Facing challenges with strength, determination and confidence is what matters, and they have done just that."